A STUDENT who attends a Moorlands school has got through to the semi-finals of a national television singing competition. Joslyn Plant, from Cheadle, appeared on The Voice Kids UK on Saturday evening, performing a rendition of 'High Hopes' by Panic! At The Disco alongside two rival contestants during the 'judges battles' round. Judge and mentor Danny Jones of pop-band McFly chose Joslyn over the other singers to progress through to the next round – which will be aired on ITV on Saturday, July 20.
Speaking on the experience to the Times and Echo, the 11-year-old said: “It was amazing.
“I just felt really excited and proud that I was part of the Voice Kids UK; it was surreal.”
Joslyn, who attends Painsley Catholic College, says her friends have been very supportive. She said: “My friends have been saying ‘you’re gonna win it’.
“I think that everyone else (in the competition) is so strong, so unique and so special in their own way.
“It’s such a tough competition so getting to the semi’s alone is amazing.”
The singer, who also plays guitar and piano, spoke about how much she values being a part of the national competition. She said: “It means so much to me.
“I want to enjoy every moment of it and I want to give it my all.
“I just want to make my family proud.”
Completely “delighted and elated” Mum Michelle praised her daughter’s work ethic. She said: “She works so hard at school and at her music, she spends lots of her spare time playing the guitar and piano as well as singing.
“It means a lot to the town and lots of people are talking about her.”
Cheadle Mayor Ian Plant said of Joslyn’s success in getting through to the semi-finals of the Voice Kids UK: “We knew she was very talented.
“She puts Cheadle on the map on national television, which is great.
“She’s a young talent.
“I hope she can take heed of what she has achieved so far.
“Good luck to her from the town and everyone in Cheadle.”
Joslyn appears in the semi-finals this Saturday evening, broadcast at 8pm on ITV.
Everyone from the Times and Echo wish her all the best ahead of the semi-finals.
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